Common Core at the Forefront of Superintendent’s Conference Day

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New York’s Common Core State Standards have been a hot topic among educators since being adopted in 2010, and the transition to these instructional standards was at the forefront at the district’s annual Superintendent’s Day conference in September.

“All of us in New York State are in the same boat,” said Superintendent Eva Demyen, noting the challenges involved in the rushed transition to the Common Core, but as she explained to her fellow educators, the universal application of the Core’s principles is extremely important for the future of the district’s students and teachers alike.

“Math and English language arts are the basic tools for all other disciplines,” declared Demyen. “The other disciplines all rely on them for proper implementation.” She emphasized that all teachers need to be familiar with the Common Core shifts, no matter what they teach – from technology to social studies. “It’s very important that it’s across the board,” she said. “We must embrace the Core in every discipline, not just ELA and math, and it has to be evident in every lesson we teach.”

Highlighting a success of the Core shifts, Demyen cited the inspiring work of five teachers from John F. Kennedy Intermediate School – Rosanne Alfieri, Lauren Chipkin, Alexis Ghiraldi, Christine MacQuarrie and Tara Wellbrock – who were recently featured in a New York State Education Department video segment called “Teaching Is the Core.” The footage of their Core-aligned lessons, soon to be viewable on the state’s EngageNY website, will be used to aid teachers across New York in shifting their curricula to better reflect the goals inherent in the Common Core Standards and help ensure the improvement of student achievement. “You are the Core,” Demyen told the educators. “Don’t ever forget it.”